Mansfield councillor Vaughan Hopewell calls for new kids play park

NMAC11-2129-1''Oak Tree Ward councillor, Con. Vaughan Hopewell and Angela McMillan of the North Oak Tree Residents Association are raising funds to provide a childrens playground on the Mansfield estate.
NMAC11-2129-1''Oak Tree Ward councillor, Con. Vaughan Hopewell and Angela McMillan of the North Oak Tree Residents Association are raising funds to provide a childrens playground on the Mansfield estate.

OAK TREE councillor Vaughan Hopewell is appealing for funding to pay for a new children’s play park on the Mansfield estate.

Currently children on the estate have to make do with an old climbing frame with a slide in a remote area and an adventure playground fallen into disrepair.

Coun Hopewell said many parents were wary of letting their children play at the Sawley Drive climbing frame as it was so remote and the adventure park had only had a zip wire and a couple of concrete tunnels.

“I have seen better facilities in Third World countries than we have here,” he said.

“The adventure park could not be secured because of the way it was funded. There is just a knee-high fence and dogs get in.

“When I was a lad 50 odd years ago we spent the time playing with other kids outdoors. If we could provide a new park for them it would help them to interact with other kids.”

Coun Hopewell said his next job was to form a committee with a view to having the play park up and running by this time next year.

The Oak Tree councillor said he would like to ask the children what kind of facilities they want in the park and give them responsibilities as wardens to go along with their parents on a rota basis and make sure it is locked at night.

He said: “We need about £100,000 altogether. I am talking to Mansfield District Council at the moment to see if they have any money floating around.

“I am also quite happy for (Mansfield mayor) Tony Egginton to see if he would be happy to let his children play at the park.”

Coun Hopewell said he would be teaming up with North Oak Tree Residents’ Association to put in the bid for funding and would also be approaching the coal authority.

The Oak Tree councillor said he would like to see the new play park moved to where the old adventure park currently is behind the primary school.

The Oak Tree Neighbourhood Management Team coordinator will be visiting the school in September to consult with the children on what they would like to see in their park.